Sometimes we think it isn’t very “nice” to think of someone as a fool, but God thinks differently. Proverbs lays out a blueprint for discovering fools and dealing with them. If we’re wise, we’ll pay attention.
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God warns us not to be a companion of fools. How can we obey God in this area if it is sinful to identify a fool? If we insist on being naive and, dare I say it, foolish, we will very likely mishandle the fools we come across, and that will lead to all sorts and kinds of trouble in our lives. Trouble God wants us to avoid, if possible.
There are actually two types of people that God gives us permission to avoid. They both look like believers and talk like believers and act like believers, but they are not believers. Their favorite hang out is the church, but they are not sheep. They are toxic.
What if you are a wife, and your husband is not asking you to sin; he just doesn’t agree with you on things. How do you come to a final decision on something when you’ve reached an impasse?
The reason submission is so unpalatable to people, especially women, is because of all the “Christian” lies that swirl around it. Submission itself is a beautiful thing that enhances human relationships. But here are some examples of how people take it, twist it into a lie, and fling it around like a weapon that can (and does) encourage and perpetuate abuse of women and children.
When modern day Pharisees demand submission of half the human race rather than lifting up Christ’s Way of living in submission to one another, they continue the humanistic culture of power-over. It’s easy to do. Rules that control part of the human race make things simple. Walking by faith in the living, breathing Spirit of Christ and respecting the boundaries of other human lives is more complex and requires maturity, discernment, and a vibrant walk with Jesus. It’s not so black and white.